Advocacy is an important part of the past and present of CILs and while we have made progress in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, we still have a long way to go.
The SPA has had to get really creative with figuring out how to stay connected with our consumers during COVID. One positive thing to come out of the pandemic is that we were able to assist consumers as they learned new types of technology that they now use in many ways to stay connected!
One consumer recently shared her experience working with an Independence Now Supports Planner to stay connected and receive support through COVID-19.
It is with great joy that we present this award in Deborah Jackson’s honor and memory to Montel Medley who carries on her commitment to an independent life.
The term Consumer is used by CILs because it clearly shows the person receiving services has control over the process and is making all the decisions.
“Since I have met Ms. Harrod and been involved with the Independence Now Program I am no longer homeless.”
Independence Now Consumer, Barbara, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013. In recognition of World MS Day (May 30), she’s sharing her story to let the world know that while an MS diagnosis is life-changing, there’s life beyond MS.
Melvin recently moved into a room for rent and wouldn’t trade his space for the world, but he had one major concern. He has several roommates and did not want to put his medication in the communal refrigerator in the kitchen due to Covid concerns.
Independence Now’s Assistive Technology Lending Library gives community members access to supportive devices free of charge.
Michelle Lindsay, Independence Now’s 2020 Deborah Jackson Rising Star award recipient, shared with us how she got started with Independence Now and what she’d say to others seeking resources and support to live independently.